Aug 16, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team, under second year head coach Stefanie Golan, began their 2013 campaign with a win as they defeated Green Bay, 3-2, in a preseason exhibition match.
The Golden Gophers took an early lead as freshman Ashley Pafko stepped up and scored an unassisted goal only two minutes after the first whistle. Pafko's goal was shortly followed by a goal by junior captain Katie Thyken off of senior Steph Brandt assisted by freshman Simone Kolander in the 16th minute. Heading into halftime, the Gophers were up 2-0.
The second half turned into a battle as Green Bay came back to score two unanswered goals. Green Bay's Sydney Born scored in the 52nd minute and Justy Linton in the 83rd minute. These goals resulted in a tie game for Minnesota and Green Bay with only minutes left in regulation.
The Maroon & Gold sealed the deal when junior Taylor Wodnick put the ball into the right corner of the net, unassisted, to allow the Gophers to take the lead in the 88th minute. The Gophers were able to hold on and defeat Green Bay with a final score of 3-2.
The Gophers will open the regular season at home on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. against Toledo as a part of the Gopher Tournament. The tournament kicks off with a game between Belmont and North Dakota State University at 4:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
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